Journalism

Complaining about pay rates for freelance reporting and photography

Note: This blog post also ran in the Society of Professional Journalism’s “Journalism and the World” blog. Click here to see the original post. Last night at our regular drinking get-together at Cotton’s Bar, about half-a-dozen of us expat journalists got together and complained about falling rates. Well, we also had a furious argument about …

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Hiring American reporters versus Chinese and Indian

Note: This blog post also ran in the Society of Professional Journalism’s “Journalism and the World” blog. Click here to see the original post (and comments). I’ve managed journalists from pretty much everywhere — the US, Britain, Germany, France, Russia, Central Asia, and, now, India and China. In my experience, the differences between individual reporters …

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Fake Chinese reporter makes $500,000 from bribes — and gets life

Note: This blog post also ran in the Society of Professional Journalism’s “Journalism and the World” blog. Click here to see the original post. The Associated Press ran an interesting story yesterday about a Chinese crook who passed himself off as a reporter or editor from the People’s Daily. Usually these kinds of bribes are …

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Journalism career planning: moving from editorial to publishing

Note: This blog post also ran in the Society of Professional Journalism’s “Journalism and the World” blog. Click here to see the original post (and comments). There are three possible stages in a journalist’s career, and each transition is very painful and difficult. The first stage is that of the reporter. You are responsible for …

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Another glimpse into the works of state-owned media in China

Note: This blog post also ran in the Society of Professional Journalism’s “Journalism and the World” blog. Click here to see the original post (and comments). For another view of working in China, by 24-year-old Charlie Gidney, who writes for the China Daily, check out his blog Positive Solutions. In Sunday’s post Boxes he talks …

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Letting go of war

Note: This blog post also ran in the Society of Professional Journalism’s “Journalism and the World” blog. Click here to see the original post. There was a great story in the LA Times today — Reporter recalls the layers of truth told in Iraq (thanks, Lauren, for bringing it to my attention). The part that …

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The perils of investigative journalism in China

Note: This blog post also ran in the Society of Professional Journalism’s “Journalism and the World” blog. Click here to see the original post. In the previous post, I included a link to the EastSouthWestNorth blog, which translates some of the more interesting stories from Chinese newspapers into English. Certainly puts the business reporting that …

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